HMRC is writing to businesses that complete export declarations to make them aware of key dates for transitioning export declarations to the Customs Declaration Service.
From 1 December 2023, all export declarations must be made through the Customs Declaration Service (CDS).
Currently, certain export declarations cannot be made through the CDS – they must be made using the outgoing Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system. HMRC will be writing to businesses making these export declarations to inform them when they can start using the CDS.
The anticipated timetable for the transition is as follows:
- From late February 2023, export declarants that only move goods through UK ports that use the Goods Vehicle Movement Service will be able to start making export declarations through the CDS using third-party software.
- From May 2023, export declarants that currently use the National Export System web service to submit export declarations on CHIEF will be able to start making export declarations through the CDS using HMRC’s new export declaration online service.
- From September 2023, export declarants using inventory-linked ports and Designated Export Place movements will be able to start making export declarations through the CDS using third-party software.
Once these groups can use the CDS for export declarations, all routes will be open for making declarations through the CDS. After 30 November 2023, all export declarations will need to be made through the CDS.
Businesses should ensure that HMRC has the correct email address so that they are informed at the relevant time.
Businesses that have not already done so should carry out the following steps to prepare for making export declarations through the CDS:
- Apply for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number beginning with ‘GB’
- Subscribe to the CDS
- Read the latest CDS guidance on gov.uk
Businesses should contact HMRC if they have any questions regarding this.
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